This Week's Software Tips
Customize the AutoCAD Ribbon
CAD manager Marc Boyer wanted his CAD users to take advantage of the ribbon but also wanted to reduce the learning curve as much as possible. "What I did to ease the transition was create my own panels that mimicked what our users were used to seeing with toolbars." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Set Up the Ribbon in Your Workspace
Cadalyst contributing editor Bill Fane shares a few ways to untie the ribbon from the default position. "Right-click in the tab bar at the top of the ribbon and then click on Close in the context menu that appears." View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Hide the Ribbon
Kevin "the Ribbon Master" Mukbel needs more drawing room on his screen when he uses AutoCAD. If the ribbon is eating up your screen space, you can type Ribbonclose on the Command line and the ribbons will hide themselves. To get them back, just type Ribbon. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
Restore the Menu Bar
Kevin “the CADiator” Mukbel sends another tip on dealing with the interface changes the ribbon brings in AutoCAD. "Hello CAD users, in AutoCAD 2009 (and AutoCAD 2010) and several vertical products, by default there are no pull-down menus." Here's how you can change that. View the complete tip and post your feedback.
This week's tiny tip(s) from the Tip Patrol relates to Changing the Workspace: If you are having difficulty working with the ribbon, you can change your workspace to AutoCAD Classic. This will turn off the ribbon, turn on the menu bar, and open the toolbars. You can always switch to a workspace that uses the ribbon later.
And when you've had enough of the ribbon, try out this tip from Josh Jones of the Lazy Drafter, about redirecting xrefs. "It's happened to all of us. You receive a zipped up set of CAD files from someone, you open a layout drawing that contains xrefs, and all the xref paths are broken. Well, never fear, there is a lazy way to redirect all the xref paths in a drawing. Here is how I make it happen." View the complete tip on Josh's web site.
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Tips & Tools Weekly software tips for AutoCAD are reviewed by Cadalyst staff and the Tip Patrol before publication. Use all tips at your own discretion, please. We're sorry, but editors and Tip Patrol members cannot provide assistance with technical problems; please refer to Cadalyst's Hot Tip Harry-Help discussion forum for assistance with AutoLISP and other AutoCAD customization questions.
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